North Carolina is only one of a handful of states that allow them without licenses. What would it mean if they were licensed?
In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, North Carolina authorities suspected impairment of mo-ped drivers in 10.5 percent of the crashes they were involved in – a rate four times higher than passenger car and SUV drivers and three times higher than pickup drivers, according to statewide crash data.
Mo-ped crashes in the state are on the rise, from 239 in 2001 to 671 in 2010, the data shows. During the same time frame, crashes involving passenger cars, pickups, minivans and bicycles all went down in North Carolina.
Unfortunately, this area of the state has a HIGH percentage of mopeds on the streets and it’s an issue that comes up often on radio, TV and newsprint. Will anything get done on this front? Should anything get done on this front?
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